Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Comments Demonize Asylum Seekers and Stir Racist Hatred

As his administration intensifies anti-immigrant policies at the border, President Trump has reportedly put adviser Stephen Miller in charge of the administration’s immigration policy. The Wall Street Journal reports Miller has backed the reinstatement of Trump’s family separation policy and has been pushing officials at the Homeland Security and Justice Departments to “get in line” with a more hard-line immigration approach. This news comes as Trump told the Republican Jewish Coalition leadership Saturday, “Our country’s full. What can you do? We can’t handle any more. Our country is full.” We speak with Stephen Miller’s uncle, Dr. David Glosser, who says Trump’s comments echo the rhetoric of Nazi Germany. Glosser is a retired neuropsychologist and former faculty member at Boston University School of Medicine and Jefferson Medical College. Last year, he wrote a piece for Politico magazine headlined “Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.”

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we continue to look at President Trump’s intensifying crackdown on immigration amidst a purge of the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security. We’re going to go back to Trump for just a second, Saturday, addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: And the asylum program is a scam. Some of the roughest people you’ve ever seen, people that look like they should be fighting for the UFC, they read a little page given by lawyers, that are all over the place. You know lawyers. They tell them what to say. You look at this guy, you say, “Wow! That’s a tough cookie!” “I am very fearful for my life. I am very worried that I will be accosted if I am sent back home.” No, no. He’ll do the accosting. Asylum. Oh, give him asylum! He’s afraid! He’s afraid! We don’t love the fact that he’s got tattoos on his face. That’s not a good sign. We don’t love the…

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